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Thanksgiving and Baptism services

Here at St Martins we believe children are an amazing blessing from God, and we want to celebrate with you in giving thanks for them, and asking Gods protection and blessing as they grow.

As a church we offer two different services, Thanksgiving and Baptism, (Christening).  Both are special but with a different emphasis.  Both services take place once a month within our Sunday service, at 10.30 am, and there is a limit of 50 guests including children.

Infant Baptism is about welcoming a child into God's church.  It involves parents, godparents and the church family making some big and important promises to God on behalf of the child and committing to helping nurture the child in the Christian faith.  Where parents want to get their child baptised we ask them to attend one of our Start courses to help prepare for the promises made in baptism. We also ask families to attend St Martins regularly and commit to being a part of the St Martins church  community.

Infant Thanksgiving is an opportunity for parents to thank God for a child. Infant Thanksgiving does not involve the same kind of specific Christian promises or statements of church commitment that are made as part of an infant baptism.  You can have sponsers, similar to Godparents and the service will be  a special occasion.

Adult Baptism

We baptise adults who have decided to follow Jesus, having not been baptised as infants.  Baptism is an outward sign and public declaration of an inner transformation and personal commitment to Jesus Christ.  We also help people reaffirm baptism vows that were made for them as a child as part of our adult baptism services.  Many of those who were baptised as infants also get confirmed.

What Next?

If you would like to explore having a Baptism or Thanksgiving service at St Martins, please read the info sheet attached and contact us to  let us know when you would like to make your intial Church visit.

Please  note, we cannot book in a service without you having made your inital church visit and had a discussion  with the Vicar.

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